My Ashtanga Lineage
My yoga journey began in 2010 at a unique and auspicious studio called At One Yoga in Phoenix, Arizona. There, I had the privilege of being exposed to several different styles of yoga by many talented and enthusiastic teachers. It wasn’t long before one style and one teacher captured my attention as the right path for me.
I studied Ashtanga Yoga with John Salisbury regularly for approximately 2 years. From him I learned a great deal of technique, gained a passion for the energy and potential of Ashtanga, and established a Mysore style practice. I took my first Yoga teacher training, a 200 hour certification through At One Yoga led by John on 1-1-11, just 8 months after I took my very first yoga class.
The Sanskrit and Vedic chanting portion of that training was taught by Cheryl Oliver of Arizona Vedic Chant. I fell in love with the language and her teaching and was excited to learn that she and her husband Dave Oliver of Dave’s Ashtanga Yoga in Scottsdale offered a 300 hour teacher training program. After teaching mostly vinyasa flow classes for about a year, I decided it was time to further my education and enrolled in Dave and Cheryl’s 300 hour Authentic Yoga Teacher Training Program. Under the guidance of Dave and Cheryl, I discovered the heartbeat of Ashtanga Yoga. There, I gained a solid foundation of Sanskrit and Devanagari (reading and writing the Sanskrit language). I studied key texts such as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Ramayana, and more. I was introduced to Hindu mythology in a way that seemed surprisingly congruent with modern life. I learned Vedic chant, which was also bundled in with the benefits of facing my fears and finding my authentic teaching voice. I was given the opportunity to mentor other teachers. Dave and Cheryl provided a solid education, a strong, supportive sangha (community), and the encouragement I needed to refine my practice and teaching even further.
In May of 2012 I moved to Encinitas, California to practice Ashtanga Yoga with Tim Miller. While Dave and John had blessed me with a solid foundation in asana, they also instilled in me a respect for the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga and both held Tim in high regard as a long time student of Pattabhi Jois. What I found in Encinitas was infinite potential and constant refinement. I healed long term injuries, discovered my breath, deepened my understanding of physical and energetic alignment and mechanics, crushed my ego, and subsequently gained the gift of surrender to my practice and to my teacher. Oh, and I learned a lot about asana, too.
I have had the good fortune to study with many great teachers along the path that has been my yoga journey. John Salisbury, Dave and Cheryl Oliver, and Tim Miller are the foundation of that path. Others who have significantly contributed to my understanding of yoga are: Natasha Teran, Holly Gastil, Atsuro Chiba, Josh Vincent, David Swenson, David Williams, Kino MacGregor, Troy Lucero, Brock and Krista Cahill, Jim Keegan, and Scott Page.
Nov 3, 2014 EDIT:
Oh my. Seems like I just updated the resume yesterday and yet there's a Tim Miller 2nd Series teacher training and AcroYoga certification to add to it. Meanwhile, I'm currently creating another site to introduce my vision of merging the practices of Ashtanga and AcroYoga under one blissfully bustling roof here in Southern California. Stay tuned for details about when and where 8 Limb Acro will make it's debut!